GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Thornton Steward Reservoir

2 miles (3.2 km)

This walk visits the pretty Thornton Steward Reservoir near the small village of Thornton Steward in the Wensleydale area of North Yorkshire.
You can start the walk from the car park at the southern end of the water, about half a mile north of the village. From here you can follow footpaths along the western side of the reservoir and then a series of country lanes to create a circular walk through the surrounding area. It's about a 2 mile walk so should take about 40 minutes to an hour.
The area is very peaceful with lovely views across the still waters to the surrounding countryside and hills.
Just to the south you'll find one of the historic highlights of the area at Jervaulx Abbey which is well worth a visit. On the way you'll pass the village of Thornton Steward where there's some interesting old buildings to admire.


HG4 4BQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Thornton Steward Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Thornton Steward Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your reservoir walking in the area head to the nearby Leighton Reservoir where there's another pleasant waterside path to try.
Just a few miles to the north is the noteworthy village of Constable Burton where you can enjoy lovely trails around Constable Burton Hall. The grade-I-listed Georgian mansionincludes some beautiful grounds with peaceful woodland, pretty becks and delightful gardens to see.
For more walking ideas see the Nidderdale Walks and the Yorkshire Dales Walks pages.


First glimpse of Thornton Steward Reservoir - - 1955815

First glimpse of Thornton Steward Reservoir

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The reservoir in the summer of 2010

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Green fields by the lake

Bridleway to Finghall - - 2587903

Bridleway to Finghall

Footpath via Fox Covert - - 1955672

Footpath via Fox Covert

Thornton Steward Water Treatment Works - - 139378

Water Treatment Works

Thornton Grange - - 2587935

Thornton Grange

Village Pump, Thornton Steward - - 416248

Village Pump. The village is a tidy and attractive little backwater at the eastern end of Wensleydale. The old pump stands on the village green.


GPS Files

GPX File

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